Originally posted by qnnhan7:
It's a combo of things. We are not a deep ball team. That's the main thing. a lot of people blamed Smith for lack of it. But we are not a deep ball type of team. We take it when it sorta look like a sure thing. But we mostly operate short to medium routes. We go deep on playaction when we play a team that has aggressive safeties, because the run game is our mainstay. I like to think we have the combo of receivers that can go deep, but the overall passing game offense just doesn't look like it's 'seasoned' enough to make going deep a better option in an already low percentage type routes.
What I often don't understand is what the other teams are doing that seemed to get the defense to make blown coverage for that deep connection. Like the Patriots were doing to the Texans.
THE 49ers passing scheme BLOWS. Just being frank. To be fair, it is okay, but it is pretty rudimentary and VERY conservative.
The bold part above is the key - and JH/Roman's major weakness in the passing game. For good deep ball teams (Saints, Patriots, Denver, Pittsburgh, Chargers) the route combinations and scheme are what create the open receiver -- speed helps, but the key is running route combinations the pull defenders and coverages off a receiver and break the receiver loose deep. It doesn't have to be WIDE open, but just enough to get a step on the defender OR creates a big open hole in the coverage scheme.
MOST deep balls are thrown because the route combination against a particular defense (game planning) breaks the receiver loose deep. Otherwise, there are only a few QBs that can throw the deep ball into tight coverage and still beat the coverage with consistency - Brees is the best. Most of E Manning, P Manning, and Brady's deep balls are thown to receivers beating coverage by scheme.
49ers deep route combinations SUCK. They are very simple route combinations which appear primarily designed to run off coverage and get an underneath crossing route loose. We almost never throw the deep ball in the middle of the field - they throw it most often toward the sideline.
Also, the 49ers passing attack is very focused on throws outside the hashes or numbers. Even their slant routes are typically thrown on the hash. The route combinations rarely work on the open zones in the middle of the field. One of VDs most successful routes was the seam route right between the LB and S, and with good ball placement he often beat tight coverage. I haven't seen the 49ers attempt that route/throw ALL YEAR.
That is why CK's 1st game was so thrilling - he was making throws into the middle of the field - and successfully. It looked so different compared to the standard JH offense. NOW, 3 games later CK looks a heck of a lot like ASmith. Working the throws underneath and to the outside. Granted, he has a stronger arm, so those outside throws are more successful.